In a pinch, it can be very tempting to grab the nearest family member to help interpret for a patient. You can tell yourself "it is ok to do it this once" or "the patient's child speaks English" but in reality, this is a practice that should be avoided at all costs. Just because someone is bilingual does not mean he or she is qualified to be an interpreter.
For a physician, navigating regulation and compliance is vital to operating a successful practice. By adhering to the correct legal guidelines, you can alleviate much of the anxiety and risk that comes with a failure to comply. Certain laws and regulations--such as the Stark Law--carry strict penalties as they deal with Medicare and Medicaid. A better understanding of laws like these can go a long way to running a legally sound practice.